Finding Chinese American Family Roots in New York

Wednesday, June 14 from 02:30pm EDT - 03:30pm EDT
NYG&B Headquarters, 36 W 44th Street, New York, NY 10036
Presented By Amy Chin
Sponsored by the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society

This is a free, in-person event.

Chinese American Genealogy 'where are you really from' photo with abacus

For more than 100 years, Amy Chin’s New York-based family carefully saved records, objects, and other personal artifacts. After discovering this trove of family treasures in her late mother’s belongings, Amy began what she calls her “journey to unforgetting.” She pieced together her family’s immigration story for an exhibition at the New-York Historical Society. Her research unearthed overlooked historic traces of a multi-generational Chinese experience in America. Her family’s immigration story was later re-interpreted as a 12-panel graphic novel. Learning through Amy’s work, attendees will discover how to uncover Chinese American ancestors in both common and uncommon sources like newspapers, immigration files, photographs, jail ledgers, and more. Jumpstart your own search for family history!

Amy Chin headshot

About Our Speaker

Amy Chin is a genealogist and researcher specializing in Chinese American family histories at Think!Chinatown. She holds a degree in East Asian studies from Barnard College, Columbia University and she speaks three dialects of Chinese. She conducts genealogy research and organizes workshops/conferences in the United States and China.

Program Support

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

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